A Maryland man has been arrested on a rape charge involving a 13-year-old girl he met on social media, according to Montgomery County Police.
The girl’s family reported her missing on June 23, and the next day she told her family she was at the Extended Stay America Hotel on Century Boulevard in Germantown, police said.
Her family drove to the hotel and found her with Charles Ebenezer Berry Jr., 21, who had been corresponding with the girl on Instagram and Snapchat since 2016, when she was 12, police said.
Berry Jr. picked the girl up from her home and knew she was 13 before taking her to the hotel to engage in sex acts, police said. He had met the girl previously, police said.
Authorities arrested Berry Jr. on Thursday, and he was charged with on one count of second-degree rape. He is being held in jail without bond.
Police said that Berry Jr. may have contacted other girls and that there could be other victims. Anyone who thinks their children have contacted Berry Jr. are asked to call 240-773-5400.